Pasque Flower

South Dakota State Flower

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Pasque flower and bee

Pasque flower and bee; photo by Hillarie on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Pasque Flower

The pasque flower (or pasqueflower) was designated the official state flower of South Dakota in 1903. Also called the May Day flower, prairie crocus, wind flower, Easter flower and meadow anemone, the pasque is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring (often before the late winter snows have thawed).

Pasque is a tallgrass prairie flower and grows wild throughout South Dakota. The pasque flower is a member of the buttercup family and is highly toxic (pasque flowers were used as a medicine by native Americans for centuries).

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Images

Pasque flower; photo by Peter Hartl on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution). 

Pasque flower

Pasque flower blooming; photo by Serge Ninanne on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Pasque flower blooming

Pasque flower buds; photo by Hillarie on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Pasque flower buds